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      12-27-2011, 08:54 AM   #1
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Wanted E91 SE 330d / 330i / 335i / 335d Touring

I am looking to buy a three litre touring to replace my 2005 325i 4dr saloon.

Serious search, cash immediately available, although I am looking for something in Jan / Feb / March, so I can work with your dates if you're trading in.

Must haves:
Three litre engine
2005 / 2006 / 2007
Sub 60k mileage
SE spec

Desirable
Pro Sat Nav

Deal-breakers:
Lemon leather or alcantara (due to rugrats)
M Sport (I don't do tracks to justify the hard ride)
Dealers (I only buy privately)


Happy to travel from Wimbledon to anywhere in England for the right car.
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      12-27-2011, 11:40 AM   #8
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Many thanks for the note. Sadly I'm looking for a Touring (E91), to replace my wonderful 4dr saloon. When the kids clear off, I'd love a coupe, but in the meantime, I need to stick a couple of 6ft teenagers in the back. Thanks for the note.
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      12-27-2011, 01:36 PM   #9
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Pity you won't go M Sport as my 335d ticks all your boxes otherwise
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      12-27-2011, 02:06 PM   #10
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Martin, You've got a lovely car there, but I'm definitely only interested in an SE. I'm in SW London and the local speedbumps and poor roads give a rough ride. (I had an E46 MSport 330i for six months and loathed every minute).

I might change my mind if I can't find the right SE, but I ought to be able to find an SE somewhere.

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      12-27-2011, 05:13 PM   #11
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Thank you for the kind words, I guess it's all down to personal choice, for what it's worth I found changing the tyres to non run flats transforms the car, I have done this with both my 335d Tourers and would recommend it to anyone considering the swap.

Good luck in your search, if you decide to change your mind you know where I am
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      12-28-2011, 01:11 AM   #12
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Agreed completely, RFT's & sport suspension have been a big disaster for the 3 & 5 series in the UK & US, so the easiest workaround is swopping the tyres over.
But I actually like the non-sports suspension and smaller wheels of the SE - I spend most of my time driving under 120mph on fairly straight roads, usually within the M25, so I simply don't need the sports set up. (And I did learn this the "hard" way, by owning an E55 and M635). But if I was out where you are, I'd definitely have the M Sport!
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WTB: (Still looking for an) E91 330i / 330d / 335i / 335d Touring

I'm still looking to privately buy an E91 Touring sometime in Q1 2012.

Serious search, but looking for a realistic private price.





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I am looking to buy a three litre touring to replace my 2005 325i 4dr saloon.

Serious search, cash immediately available, although I am looking for something in Jan / Feb / March, so I can work with your dates if you're trading in.

Must haves:
Three litre engine
2005 / 2006 / 2007
Sub 60k mileage
SE spec

Desirable
Pro Sat Nav

Deal-breakers:
Lemon leather or alcantara (due to rugrats)
M Sport (I don't do tracks to justify the hard ride)
Dealers (I only buy privately)


Happy to travel from Wimbledon to anywhere in England for the right car.

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      01-07-2012, 04:50 AM   #15
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Something to bare in mind.

The M-Sport suspension actually soaks up poor UK roads and speed bumps far better than the SE suspension.

The M-Sport uses a really nice Bilstein and Eibach strut and spring, where as the SE uses a really cheap Boge/Sachs set up.

Get an M-Sport on to 17" wheels and it feels much nicer driving round town or on poorer B roads than an SE on 17" wheels, get it off the run flats and it is sublime.

I have tested this along with a few techs at BMW who would not believe me.


So don't write off an m-sport, as you would always get someone with 17s to swap with the MV4s.

Plus you get the nice seats in a sport as standard, the SE seats are rubbish!


Also, I found the Lemon leather the easiest leather I have owned, I always went black, but got one with lemon in 2006 and was dreading it, but found it really easy, as soon as you saw anything you simply wiped it away, with black it just hides the dirt and then it goes shiny.
I have a dog and a 3 year old and would not consider anything but a light interior from now on, in fact when I bought my Merc I went with an Avantgarde over the Sport so I could get a light interior.
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I'm still looking to privately buy an E91 Touring sometime in Q1 2011.

Serious search, but looking for a realistic private price.
You do know it's 2012 now right?
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      01-10-2012, 08:18 AM   #17
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Smile Great news! I'd forgotten

It's 2012 ! More depreciation ! Cheaper prices ! New model car out, so lots of trade-ins !

(Thanks for pointing out my mistake - we're a bit behind here on Wimbledon Common)



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The Old MSport versus SE suspension question....

I live in South West London, where the road surface is full of holes and speedbumps.

Over the last ten years, I've regretted buying an E46 MSport touring (and an E55) purely because of the way they thump and bump over the roads locally. Take them down to the nearest Nurburgring and go round bends at 100mph, and there's no better choice. But on my normal weekend they were just a pain in the back.

Over the same time I've had two E39 SE Tourings, an S500, and my current 325i SE, and they've all been comfortable at low and high speed. I don't do The Ring, so logically I don't need "Sport" suspension. "Normal" settings should be fine.

I had lemony / cream leather on an E39 Touring. It certainly made the interior look bigger, but I definitely had to "look after it" in a way that I've never had to do with grey or black. (Cream / beige is fine, it's just the lemon that I have the issue with).

Agreed about the Sports seats - in an ideal world I would certainly prefer Sports seats (with non-Sport suspension).

And then, finally, I've been happy with the 17" RFT's on my 325i SE 4dr. I know I'd get a better ride from non-flats, but it's the old problem - at 70mph on a wet winter's night, I'd rather have a puncture in a Run Flat tyre than on an ordinary tyre. I really don't want to give away this safety feature unless I really, really have to....


It's all a bit of a shame really - I socialise with a LOT of BMW owners. And the one thing they all complain about is their M Sport / large wheel ride quality.








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Something to bare in mind.

The M-Sport suspension actually soaks up poor UK roads and speed bumps far better than the SE suspension.

The M-Sport uses a really nice Bilstein and Eibach strut and spring, where as the SE uses a really cheap Boge/Sachs set up.

Get an M-Sport on to 17" wheels and it feels much nicer driving round town or on poorer B roads than an SE on 17" wheels, get it off the run flats and it is sublime.

I have tested this along with a few techs at BMW who would not believe me.


So don't write off an m-sport, as you would always get someone with 17s to swap with the MV4s.

Plus you get the nice seats in a sport as standard, the SE seats are rubbish!


Also, I found the Lemon leather the easiest leather I have owned, I always went black, but got one with lemon in 2006 and was dreading it, but found it really easy, as soon as you saw anything you simply wiped it away, with black it just hides the dirt and then it goes shiny.
I have a dog and a 3 year old and would not consider anything but a light interior from now on, in fact when I bought my Merc I went with an Avantgarde over the Sport so I could get a light interior.
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His must have is a 3 litre engine, which rules an Alpina out
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Vince, I'd love an Alpina D3 Touring - especially if it was 2007 and in Le Mans or Montego Blue. But I didn't suggest it because I believe they're rarer than hens teeth.

Unless you know different?

Needless to say, I'm looking for sensible mileage and a reasonable price.

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Would this not be right up your street? (apart from no nav)

http://www.autotrader.co.uk/classifi...ge/1?logcode=p
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